Dr. Sonya Munsell

Name: Dr. Sonya Munsell

Email: smunsell@rsu.edu

Phone Number: 918-343-7688

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology & Sociology

Office: Preparatory Hall, Room 203K

Dr. Sonya MunsellDr. Sonya Munsell is an educational psychologist whose research interests include culturally and linguistically diverse learners, humor, motivation, and online learning. 

Dr. Munsell received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University where she worked as a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant. She has taught in both the private and public high school setting and has instructed students with a range of exceptionalities.

Dr. Munsell teaches statistics, developmental psychology, child psychology, and research methods courses at RSU. She will be teaching a special topics course on motivation during the fall 2017 semester. She also serves as one of the senior capstone instructors and as co-advisor for Psi Chi.

In her spare time Dr. Munsell enjoys playing with the Tulsa Flute Band and teaching dance and yoga classes.

Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Dissertation: Munsell, S.E. (2015).  In-service teachers’ multicultural teaching competence and teachers’ attitudes toward inclusion.

M.S., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
M.A., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
B.F.A., Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Presentations and Publications

Munsell, S.E., & O’Malley, L. (upcoming, 2017, October). Lived experiences of the parents of children with disabilities. Paper presentation at the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Association Conference, Boulder, CO.

Taylor, J., & Munsell, S.E. (upcoming, 2017, October). Through the eyes of children: How does an art project create therapeutic space for healthy childhood development? Paper presentation at the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Association Conference, Boulder, CO.

Vogler, J., Kuntson, D., & Munsell, S.E. (2016, December). Humor and language play: Multimodal literacy practices and student learning. Symposium Presentation at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Vogler, J., Knutson, D., & Munsell, S.E. (2016, August). When laughing meets learning: Insights to enhance the online teaching of psychology. Division 2 Poster Presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Vogler, J., Munsell, S.E., & Knutson, D. (2016, April). From ha-ha to ah-ha: When humor and learning intermingle in an online classroom discussion.  Division 35 Roundtable Discussion at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Munsell, S.E., & Davis, K. (2015). Dance and special education. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 59(3), 129-133.

Munsell, S.E., Fu, J., & Beswick, C., & Cho, Y.J. (2015, August).  Relationship between home-school dissonance and coping strategies: Mediating role of self-efficacy. Division 15 Poster Presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Cho, Y.J., & Munsell, S.E. (2015, April). Parental influence and teachers’ approach to classroom instruction: The moderating role of teacher efficacy. Division 15 Roundtable Discussion at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Vogler, J., Knutson, D., Munsell, S.E., & Lawes, R. (2015, April).  All work and some play: Co-constructing humor within online classroom discussions. Poster presentation at the Southwest Psychological Association Conference, Wichita, KS.

Munsell, S.E. (2015, April).  Pre-service teachers’ instructional efficacy and views of CLDE learners. Graduate Student Research Symposium Poster Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Munsell, S.E., Knutson, D., Vogler, J., & Lawes, R. (2015, February).  LOL-ing in an online discussion: Humor as a social phenomenon that can support the meaning-making process. Paper Presentation at the Oklahoma State University Graduate Research Symposium, Stillwater, OK. *First place award.

Munsell, S.E. (2014, December). The landscape of education: Photovoice and the construction of knowledge- Exploring diversity with graduate teaching assistants. Roundtable Discussion at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Munsell, S.E. (2014, February). Using movement to build community and meet diverse learners’ needs. Workshop Presentation at the Oklahoma Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention, Norman, OK.

Munsell, S.E. (2013, September). Special educators’ descriptions of teaching priorities. Paper Presentation at the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Munsell, S.E. (2013, February). Combining creative movement and English composition for alternative education students. Paper Presentation at the Oklahoma State University Annual Graduate Research Symposium, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Research Mentoring Activities

Sherrick, S., Garcia, Y., & Hardesty, H. (March 2017). Home-school dissonance, grit, and academic achievement. Paper presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. *Received a Psi Chi International Honor Society Award and $400 Scholarship

Manuscripts In-progress/Under Review

Vogler, J., Knutson, D., & Munsell, S.E. Unraveling the thread: Humor as socially constructed phenomenon in computer mediated classroom discussion (in progress).